Archive for October, 2008

SHOP // UPPER PLAYGROUND OPENS IN NYC

October 22, 2008

Let us all bow our heads and have a moment of silence for this momentous occasion.  Upper Playground, one of the Bay Area’s best exports, has finally landed in New York, by opening a location in the East Village.  Upper Playground is a store, clothing line, blog, gallery, activists, artist home amongst all other things awesome.  I would personally consider them the “Conglomerate of Cool”, yes that is my term, if you use it, you better source it. Ahem…hint hint.  We at Deviant Decorum have been a huge fans of U.P. for years now and is always a mandatory stop in our Bay Area travels, them and HUF of course.  How can you not love a place that uses a walrus are their mascot?  Their gallery, FIFTY24SF, has also been putting up some of the best shows for street artists for some time now and intertwining them with releases in their retail store.  You know all those David Choe, Mike Giant, Sam Flores, Estevan Oriol, Usugrow shirts that we rock and the faux streetwear kids always ask, “where did you get that shirt?” and we lie and tell them “Urban Outfitters”, well they came from Upper Playground.  Don’t worry, those kids probably don’t read this blog anyway, they are patiently awaiting the next set of orders from their supreme commander Kanye West on how to act like a prick.  Talented? … yes.  A Prick? …….. yes.  Talented And Not A Prick? …… Upper Playground.  Go to the store:

437 East 9th St.
New York, NY 10009
Everyday 11:00am-7:00pm

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DESIGN // GETTING BLASTED JUST GOT COOLER

October 22, 2008

Was that a pun in the title? Oh yes, I do beleive it was a little pun pun, maybe even two two.  So, these ice cube trays pop out cold shells, in the shape AK47 shaped ice bullets.  Maybe not practical, but a complete neccessity.  The tray is sort of a James Bond esque accessory mixed with a dash of Rambo.  For future knowledge, whenever I refer to James Bond, it’s Connery James Bond. Also, if I refer to Rambo or Rocky for that matter, it’s always the pre-Tango and Cash, Stallone.  Seriously, Tango and Cash was the starting point of a downhill slide for Sly. I mean, come on, Spykids? Rocky in fucking Spykids?!?…ridiculous.  And, if you try to say Judge Dredd was a good movie, stop reading and take a nap, you’re tired.  The same goes if you think that anyone else was a better Bond than Connery. Remember The Hunt for Red October, when we all let him slide on being the captain of a Russian submarine with a Scottish accent?  And why did we let him slide? He’s James fucking Bond, that’s why.  Enough said.  So, back to the ice cube tray, it’s currently available for presale through this website and has yet to announce an official release date to the public.  But, please be aware before purchasing this product that you are going to have to listen to people say, “This is one killer drink”, over and over and over and…….

IDEAS // 4 DAYS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SPEND $10 MILLION…AND SAVE THE WORLD

October 16, 2008

Google has announced that in celebration of their 10th anniversary, they will be giving away $10 million to fund an idea(s) that will have a beneficial impact on society.  No, they will not fund your clothing company, no matter how much you think your fashion sense will save lives and they will not help you convince Nike to combine all Jordans into one ultimate super shoe.  Project 10100 (pronounced “Project 10 to the 100th”) is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. “These ideas can be big or small, technology-driven or brilliantly simple, but they need to have impact,” said a Google spokesman. “We know there are countless brilliant ideas that need funding and support to come to fruition.”  That’s kinda dope right?  All you have to do now is come up with that one idea that can really help people out.  We’ve all had those, “They should just create something that ……,” moments.  Well instead of “they should”, it can be you.  The 100 top ideas will be announced on January 27, 2009, at which point Google will allow the public to vote for the top 20. An advisory board will then choose up to five final ideas for funding and implementation. Google will announce these winners in early Feb.  Five ideas can split the pot, or one idea can take the cake, sweet, delicious, Google cake. Check out www.project10tothe100.com for more information on how to submit, the deadline is October 20th, 2008.  The idea is simple, so go for it and “May those who help the most, win”.

ART // BANKSY // VILLAGE PET STORE IN NYC

October 9, 2008


Breaking news and hot of the presses: Banksy, stencil art superhero and street art star, has been going big in NYC lately with three large murals, one just finished today on Houston and 6th Ave., by hiring sign painters COLOSSAL MEDIA, that depict his infamous rat characters.  But, this week, to no fanfare and red carpets, Banksy secretly opened The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, on 7th Ave between Bleecker and West 4th Street, open everyday from 10am-Midnight.  This is Banksy’s first New York show and it not only artistically brilliant in the oh so tongue in cheek Bansky style, but it’s really really fun.  The pet store features a lounging Leopard in the front window, laying on a branch with tail moving.  Upon entering the store you see that the cat is actually a fur coat.  There’s fishsticks swimming in a fishbowl, chicken nuggets pecking at food, a monkey in a cage watching other primates ‘get busy’ on the Discovery channel.  There’s so much more as well, but I don’t want to give it all away, because experiencing it first hand is too much fun.  The best part of the store, IT’S FREE and you don’t have to be part of the art elite to go. All are welcome and being among kids and adults who aren’t in on “the secret” behind this place adds to the experience and makes it that much better.  This is Banksy’s first jump into animatronics and there’s no paintings hanging or graffiti murals on walls.  Just pure artistic fun.  Damn, we need more of that.  Here is a statement from the artist about the Pet Store:

“New Yorkers don’t care about art, they care about pets. So I’m exhibiting them instead. I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming, but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing. I took all the money I made exploiting an animal in my last show and used it to fund a new show about the exploitation of animals. If its art and you can see it from the street, I guess it could still be considered street art.”

Snapped some pics with a work camera on lunch break:



MUSIC // StageFARM’s 3RD ANNUAL SHAKEDOWN w/ KIDZ IN THE HALL, BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR AND THE BACK CC’S

October 7, 2008

On September 20th, the stageFARM threw down big with their Annual SHAKEDOWN fundraiser at The Bell House in Brooklyn.  Up to bat were The Back C.C.’s, Blitz the Ambassador and calling out their current New York City anthem, ‘Rollin’ Down the Street’, were The Kidz in the Hall.  If you haven’t caught any of these acts, it’s well worth clicking on those band links and check their local shows before they blow up.  The SHAKEDOWN was the third installment of an annual fundraiser thrown by the stageFARM, a local theatre company that is well worth peeking at.  Headlining past SHAKEDOWN fundraisers were acts like Spank Rock and Kid Sister.  To put it simply, not only do they throw dope shows, they make them too.  Currently the stageFARM is working on SPIN, a series of five short plays with some heavy hitters of the writing world backing it up.  SPIN runs through November 8th.  As their website says, “We make plays for play-haters.”  So get your culture on, go see their show and get on their mailing list for the next, SHAKEDOWN.  You want to see the Shakedown?  Just peek the gallery when you click: (more…)